- South Dakota State star running back Zach Zenner has been held in check by the Bison defense so far. “For the most part, we’ve done it different ways and we’ll have to be creative and find a way again,” says NDSU head coach Chris Klieman.
- See the WDAY package on Zenner here.
- Need some tickets? NDSU will open up 400 tickets in the student section for the general public at 8 a.m. Friday.
- See the coverage from the Argus Leader.
In today’s Forum, South Dakota State quarterback Austin Sumner will travel to Fargo but isn’t expected to play. His backup is a sophomore with big credentials.
Coverage in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.
- Both undefeated in conference play, Illinois State and NDSU could see a tiebreaker determine the Missouri Valley Football Conference champion.
- From WDAY6 Sports, the status of South Dakota State quarterback Austin Sumner is up in the air for Saturday’s game against NDSU.
- Zach Zenner, who averages 142 yards a game for SDSU, hasn’t even hit 50 in four career games against NDSU, including a low of 8 last season.
- The NDSU volleyball team is on pace for the playoffs, but it has a few conference tests coming up. The Bison face the University of Denver tonight to try to remain in the playoff picture.
As we enter the final month of the regular season the Missouri Valley has two teams that started the season 7-0 or better for the first time in league history. That also brings with it the unique possibility of two teams tying for the league title, that will NOT play one another. NDSU and Illinois State each are at 4-0 in conference play, but with the conference at ten teams and wanting to stay at an eight game league schedule, that means teams will miss one another and NDSU-ISU is on the rotation for the next two years. That provides for a unique situation if the Bison and Redbirds end up tied come November 22nd. Here’s what the two teams have left:
NDSU – vs. SDSU, at Northern Iowa, at Missouri State, vs. Youngstown State
Ilinois State – at Northern Iowa, vs Youngstown State, at South Dakota, vs Southern Illinois
Now the biggest question we’ve received on the blog is what happens if NDSU and Illinois State are tied, who receives the automatic qualifier to the FCS Playoffs? Here’s the answer straight from the Valley’s Assistant Commissioner; Mike Kern:
- If the tied teams did not play each other, then each team’s record against all common conference opponents shall be used to determine the NCAA automatic qualifier.
- ·If the teams are still tied, then each team’s record against the next highest common opponent in the conference standings shall be used to determine the NCAA automatic qualifier.
- ·If the teams are still tied, the latest available GPI ranking prior to NCAA selection shall be used as the final tiebreaker.
Jeff has more on the tiebreaker dilemma if needed here.
Join WDAY sports director Dom Izzo and The Forum’s Jeff Kolpack for the Bison Video Blog! Jeff and Dom will recap the Monday morning NDSU Athletics presser and preview this weekend’s game against SDSU. Stream starts at approximately 1pm CST.
- After South Dakota scored a late touchdown in the second quarter Saturday, Adam Keller helped swing the momentum back to the Bison with a field goal.
- Gamer: Bison win big at USD for 32nd straight victory. Highlights on WDAY.
- Schnepf: The DakotaDome didn’t do in the Bison this time.
- Kolpack: Omaha has proven to be solid recruiting ground for NDSU, especially with Nick DeLuca and R.J. Urzendowski playing the way they did Saturday.
- Bison Media Blog postgame show from Vermillion.
- Game coverage in the Vermillion Plain Talk
- Game coverage in the Sioux City Journal
From a new location in the bunker, thoughts on the Missouri Valley race, how Youngstown’s schedule gets tougher, how UNI controls its own destiny and the latest round of bracketology! All in 6 minutes or less!
My ballot for this week’s Sports Network FCS top 25 media poll. Cal Poly, Northern Iowa and Stephen F. Austin climb back in with victories. There are a pile of 5-3 teams that are hanging on for FCS playoff life heading into November.
Apologies on the delay on posting this, but enjoy this last Sunday in October with a look back at a dominant NDSU performance at South Dakota as the Bison force three turnovers and a couple of new players rise to the forefront in Omaha natives Nick DeLuca and RJ Urzendowski. The Sunday Video Rmablings will be posted later tonight around 10pm, until then!